(SPOT.ph) If there’s one thing you can rely on when the holidays approach—aside from the Metro Manila traffic, that is—it’s the reunions! ‘Tis the season when every group of friends and branch of your family tree will insist on a get-together.
If you’re looking for a place that’s big enough to host your large group, why not rent out an entire house? We’ve listed some options you can look into that are near the beach, so your reunion can involve more than just having a go at karaoke!
Here are beach houses near Manila that are perfect for big groups:
Stilts Calatagan Beach Resort
Barangay Sta. Ana, Calatagan, Batangas
Rates start at P18,800 for seven pax
This resort has five large floating cottages that are right on the beach. With a large master's bedroom, a loft with beds, and another guestroom, each of the five beach houses can accomodate a maximum of 20 people. They have a Choose Your Own Adventure option where you can select from activities that make the most of the area like ATV rides, speedboat rentals, and sandbar tours.
Fernandez Compound, Purok 1B, San Narciso, Zambales
Rates start at P49,000 for 10 pax
This resort started out as a sanctuary for owner Rachel Harrison's son Julyan, who has special needs. The tranquility of Zambales has helped her son so much that the family decided to open the 500-square-meter luxury beach house to guests who also want to experience the calmness that nature brings. It has five bedrooms, a kitchen that comes with its own chef, a parking lot that can fit up to 10 cars, a games area that has its own pool table, entertainment system, and even video games. It’s also pet-friendly, if you want to have your furbabies tag along on your vacation!
Rates start at P18,000 for 15 pax
If you’re planning a vacation with a large group, The Lily is well-stocked with the vacation essentials that you don’t even have to go outside its premises. It has its own pool too, so you can take a dip anytime you want. You can feast on authentic Batangas cuisine by availing of their catering service. Choose from their menu ranging from classic sinigang dishes to dessert options like the Cavite delicacy called bibingkoy, a glutinous rice dumpling filled with boiled beans and cooked pugon-style.
Sambali Beach House
Danacbunga, Botolan, Zambales
Rates start at P20,000 for 16 pax
Sambali Beach House rests right in front of the West Philippine Sea, on an eight-hectare organic vegetable farm. It has its own household staff who can cook and do laundry upon request. They brand themselves as a “learning farm,” which makes this place perfect for people interested in nature and farming. You and your guests can go on an agro-tour of the farm to discover how they implement sustainable farming. You can also visit a salt-making community, or just take a dip in the ocean.
La Playa at The Strand
Mariposa Street, The Strand Subdivision, Nagbalayong, Morong, Bataan
Rates start at P35,000 for 15 pax
This beachfront house has its own 128-square-meter beach deck for when you want to enjoy the ocean breeze but would prefer not to get the sand between your toes. It has a full kitchen, three air-conditioned bedrooms, as well as common areas like the dining room and the entertainment room to keep you and your guests cool and comfortable. Whether you stay indoors or lounge by the beach, you’ll definitely have a relaxing time.
Forest Cove Beach House
Natipuan, Nasugbu, Batangas
Rates start at P18,000 for 16 pax
Plan a beach getaway for a big group in Nasugbu by staying at Forest Cove Beach House. The three-bedroom house has high ceilings and windows that let the sunshine in. Being near the beach, it also has outdoor showers you can conveniently use before and after trying some water activities. Rafts are available for rent on the property.
Barangay Abung, San Juan, Batangas
Rates start at P35,000 for 16 pax
Aside from being right by the beach, this three-bedroom house also has its own private pool. Make the most out of the space and the beautiful outdoors by hosting an event in their picnic area, or just hang out at the patio overlooking the stunning view. The picturesque, spacious, and bright interiors are just the thing if you’re looking to sit back and relax.
Ruiz Beach House
Sitio Matuod, Binubusan, Lian, Batangas
Rates start at P5,500 for 21 pax
Located just two hours away from Manila, Ruiz Beach House can accommodate up to 12 people in its three bedrooms. There's also plenty of room for cooking—the house comes equipped with kitchen appliances—in case you want to go all out in preparing a buffet for your family or friends. The beach is just two minutes away through a walkway, or you can gear up for a small hike amid Batangas' hilly terrain.
Rates start at P18,500 for 15 pax
This apartment-style beach house is two units combined, which is perfect for groups who might want separate spaces. The beach nearby has a recovering reef, which makes it a great place if you want to snorkel or even feed some fish. Karaoke is not allowed on the premises, so if peace and quiet are what you’re after, this is the place for you.
Potipot Gateway Resort
Sinabacan, Candelaria, Zambales
Contact: (02) 310-9291
Rates start at P10,000 for five pax
Potipot Gateway Resort is your jump-off point to the white-sand Potipot Island and neighboring coves like Nagsasa and Capones in Zambales. It features a number of villas for large groups, including Stone House, which can accommodate up to seven people in its four spacious bedrooms. When not out island-hopping, you can take a dip in the swimming pool, play a round or two of chess in the game room, or belt out at the videoke area.